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Leonard Nimoy Returning To Fringe As William Bell?

If you thought you had seen the last of Leonard Nimoy on Fringe, you apparently thought wrong. Despite his highly publicized retirement from acting with his final performance as enigmatic scientist and Massive Dynamic founder William Bell during last year’s Fringe finale, it appears that Nimoy isn’t done with the role.

On his Twitter feed, Nimoy revealed: “Plans developing for a William Bell return to Fringe. Stay tuned. LLAP.” So, not an official confirmation that Bell is back on the board, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Personally, I’m thrilled. I didn’t feel that Bell’s character got nearly enough closure, so if the Fringe team can bring him back in a cool way that further resolves the character and his role in this war between the universes, consider me a happy camper.

In other good Fringe news — you know, aside from the fact that it kicked all kinds of ratings tail on Friday — TV Line is reporting that Andre Royo is set for a third appearance as Henry the cab driver. Does that mean we’re headed back to the alternate universe in the coming episodes, or will we see Henry’s Earth-1 counterpart? We’ll find out later this season!


  • Jacob

    I was kind of bummed when William Bell died. I really wish Nimoy hadn’t retired, and had become a recurring character. I understand why he did though, he’s nearly eighty. It’s perfectly cool to want to rest and relax.

    That said, MORE WILLIAM BELL! WOOO! Flashbacks? Or maybe a clone? You can’t tell me Massive Dynamic hasn’t toyed with cloning. If it is a clone, I wonder who they’d get to play the young William Bell? The show already established that accelerated aging doesn’t work that well, so I can’t imagine them aging him all the way to Nimoy’s age (plus the impracticality of that.) But I also don’t want him to be, like, eight years old with all of Bell’s knowledge (if it is a clone, they must download Bell’s mind into the body, I won’t accept it as Bell otherwise).

  • Michael

    Surely we’ve now established that young clone William Bell would have to be Zachary Quinto.

  • Jacob

    He would be my pick, I just didn’t want to deal with people being all “QUINTO IS TERRIBLE! HAVEN’T YOU SEEN HEROES AND STAR TREK!? RARARARAAR!” (sorry Google, I used my caps lock key for that >:p) But I’d love for it to be him. He’s a decent enough actor (not like Nimoy’s was uberbrilliant.)